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Armed Forces Veteran Friendly

Here at the Abingdon Surgery we are now Armed Forces Veteran Friendly. This means that we have a dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services.

If you are ex-forces, please let your GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care.

What is a veteran?
A veteran is anyone who has served for at least one day in the Armed Forces, whether as a regular or reservist. It means the same as ‘ex service personnel’ or ‘ex-forces’, although not all veterans know the term or choose to associate with the term ‘veteran’. Younger veterans might refer to themselves as ‘ex-forces’, in the belief that a veteran is someone who fought in the First / Second World War.

What do we offer? We now offer a personalised care programme for ex-forces with a long term physical, mental or neurological health condition or disability.
NHS England and NHS Improvement, together with the Ministry of Defence, have published the Personalised care for veterans in England, a guide for clinical commissioning groups and local authorities, which sets out a personalised care approach for those veterans who have a long term physical, mental or neurological health condition or disability.

Here is a guide for veterans and their families: personalised-care-for-veterans-information-for-veterans-and-families-easy-read.pdf (england.nhs.uk)

If you have any questions or think this may help you please do let your nurse or GP know.